The School Administrator

November 1999Report Card ReduxThe quest for better communicating what students know

Features

  • Report Card Redux

    by Howard Libit


    The quest for better ways to communicate what students know means abandoning letter grades and jargon for dots, dashes, X's and O's. Als Advice for improving report cards. Howard Libit is an education reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

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  • Creating School Accountability Reports

    by RICHARD S. BROWN


    A researcher at UCLA offers guidance on delivering what parents most want to know about their schools. Also: Electronic accountability reports and an annotated model for sharing the scoop on your district. Richard Brown is a project director at the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.

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  • Out-of-Level Testing

    by JUDITH ELLIOTT and MARTHA THURLOW


    Does your district ever assess student performance using different versions of the same exam? By so doing, you may be setting low expectations for some. Also: Where out-of-level testing is allowed, the oddity of the floor effect and resources. Judy Elliott is assistant superintendent for special education in the Long Beach Unified Schools, Long Beach, Calif. Martha Thurlow is director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes.

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  • Fair and Unfair Testing Accommodations

    by LYNN S. FUCHS and DOUGLAS FUCHS


    What modifications are considered appropriate when assessing the academic performance of students with disabilities? Also: Additional resources on test accommodations. Lynn Fuchs and Douglas Fuchs are professors of special education at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

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  • Accommodating Practices

    by STEVE HENRY


    The director of planning, evaluation and grants procurement for the Topeka, Kan., Public Schools discusses what constitutes effective use of accommodations and modifications in student assessments. Also: Recommended practices.

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  • The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement

    by ALFIE KOHN


    By dwelling on grades or test scores, educators miss the mark on what matters in the end: student learning. Alfie Kohn is the author of The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"

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Profile

    Dennis Pope by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    Superintendent, Bedford, N.H.

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    Departments

    Focus

    Insuring Work-Based Learning Experiences by JACK RUSSELL



    Owner, Green Mountain Special Risk Insurance Agency, Calais, Vt.

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    President's Corner

    A Risky Fix to Test-Score Worship by JOSEPH J. CIRASUOLO



    President, AASA

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    Guest Column

    Defining Accountability With a No-Fault Mindset by Edna Vega



    Superintendent, Community School District 7, Bronx, N.Y.
    This article appears in print version only. It was adapted with permission from Child By Child, published by Teachers College Press.

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    Executive Perspective

    Skeptical About Our Nation’s Accountability Agenda by PAUL D. HOUSTON


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